Inclusion and Anti-Racism Working Group

Inclusion and Anti-Racism Working Group

SOLT and UK Theatre's working group guides our response to diversity and inclusion issues affecting the sector.

SOLT and UK Theatre’s 2017 Workforce Review indicated that the theatre industry faces a range of long-term diversity and inclusion challenges. Subsequent campaigns such as We Shall Not Be Removed from the Disability Arts Alliance and the Black Lives Matter movement returning to prominence in 2020 have highlighted the continuing prevalence of these systemic issues – many of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

These challenges include low workforce representation from some demographics, particularly disabled workers, those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, workers from a low socioeconomic background, and those with caring responsibilities. This is in part caused by high barriers to entry and retention, career progression and pay parity issues which particularly affect these groups.

UK Theatre and SOLT’s ambition is to continue to build on our workforce development work to implement a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to nurture the future workforce and support and invest in the current workforce. Our aim is to assist the sector in removing  exclusion and improving the diversity of the theatre and performing arts workforce.  We will do this by stimulating debate, provoking actions, challenging outdated thinking, highlighting best practice and leading.

Our diversity and inclusion work complements the other aspects of SOLT and UK Theatre’s workforce development strategy which focuses on the industry’s working culture, and skills and training. 

The working group has been formed to:
  • Help shape SOLT and UK Theatre’s response to diversity and inclusion issues, providing support in the implementation of any relevant initiatives
  • Guide SOLT and UK Theatre on the development of support and guidance for members, with the aim of encouraging engagement, proactivity, and empowerment to implement change
  • Assist SOLT and UK Theatre in gathering and interpreting relevant data and subsequently creating appropriate actions
  • Ensure that SOLT and UK Theatre’s diversity and inclusion initiatives involve the input of those directly affected by the challenges each project is addressing
  • Promote and share best practice and learnings from the sector
  • Advise on prioritisation of projects

 

 The working group makes recommendations for solutions to the SOLT and UK Theatre Boards.

The current working group members were appointed in April 2022. 

  • Liz Botros, Mackintosh Foundation
  • Anna Coombs, Tangle Theatre
  • Angela Dias, Barbican
  • Harold Finley, Freelance Director, Writer and Producer
  • Carolyn ML Forsyth, Talawa Theatre
  • Nia Janis, Playful Productions
  • Lisa Jonas, National Theatre
  • Fi Joseph, National Theatre
  • Pauline Muir, Goldsmiths University of London
  • Tali Pelman, Stage Entertainment
  • Amy Powell-Yeats, Freelance Writer and Producer
  • Dafydd Rogers, Independent Producer
  • Stephanie Sirr, Nottingham Playhouse
  • Andrew Tinley, Derby Theatre
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